The common question is, what are bariatric beds used for? Or in other words, what is a bariatric bed? Now, while the answer might seem obvious, a hospital bed mattress befitting a bariatric patient, the details of that mattress can be slightly more complex. Below we will detail the purpose, benefits, and types of bariatric hospital beds, as well as some recommendations so that you can be informed when looking for a product that suits your needs.
Bariatric Bed vs. Hospital Bed
A person is classified as having obesity and may be referred to as a bariatric patient when they have a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 30. As such, they usually require a larger bed with a greater weight capacity and a bed reinforced to support a higher weight capacity than a traditional hospital bed.
Bariatric Bed and Mattress Benefits
Often bariatric patients suffer from pressure sores and need a hospital bed mattress for pressure sores specifically for bariatric people. Besides the increased bariatric bed weight limit, beds in this category often have features that a regular hospital bed does not have. Such features include a bariatric turning bed, a bed with lateral rotation, to ensure continuous movement, thereby limiting pressure sores and bed ulcers. Such beds also have a more powerful alternating pressure pump ensuring that the low air loss technology is usually more robust, enabling a cooler mattress environment.
Some common questions:
What is the weight capacity for your bariatric beds?
ProHeal's line of bariatric beds has multiple weight accommodations catering to your specific needs. The range of our weight capacity is 650 lbs. to 1000 lbs.
Do I need a unique mattress for a bariatric bed?
As explained, yes, you will. Bariatric patients have unique needs that only a bariatric bed can provide.
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